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Spectrum Space Office Staff

Helene Hansen

Helene Hansen

CEO

Helene started out with a BA in Economics, spent a large part of her career in London and has a background in television, nutrition, marketing, events and project management. She thrives on multitasking and enjoys the challenge of delivering projects in the not-for-profit space where resources are scarce and the sense of community is a key driver. Helene believes in actively seeking to partner with organisations from a wide range of sectors to encourage an innovative and inclusive culture to the mutual benefit of all. Helene started as a volunteer at Spectrum Space in 2015, before becoming a permanent staff member in August 2017.

Ana Palacios

Ana Palacios

Projects Officer

Ana Palacios has a background in the contemporary arts and after receiving an adult diagnoses of autism, she realised her art practice had emerged as a positive adaptation to the challenges of being neurodiverse. Starting at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in 2017, Ana began working as a visual arts facilitator before expanding her role further. She now mainly concentrates on peer work, development of positive identity, as well as development and facilitation of training and educational courses.

Chris Howarth

Chris Howarth

Grant Projects Manager

Chris started at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in July 2018 and joined our staff team in October that same year. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Major Human Services) from Edith Cowan University and is currently working towards a postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. Chris wholeheartedly endorses the strengths-based approach as best practice for supporting and working alongside Spectrum Space participants.

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Manishaa Mukundala

Grant Project Assistant
Phillip Shedden

Phillip Shedden

Office Manager

Phillip is a screen media graduate who started his journey at Spectrum Space in 2016 as a volunteer for our Step Into Social documentary project. After several years working as a Barista, Phillip has transitioned into our office while running small video projects on the side. He oversaw the completion of the Youth Empowerment Project and now runs the Spectrum Space office, coordinating social groups and dealing with all day-to-day enquiries. He is also a massive music fan, enjoys playing drums and keeping fit by practicing Taekwondo. Phillip supports the strengths based philosophy that Spectrum Space promotes and enjoys seeing our participants discover and unlock their talents through interacting with our programs.

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Rosita Ortilano

HR Coordinator/Office Administrator
Sandhya Subarmaniam

Sandhya Subarmaniam

Projects Officer

Sandhya has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2013. She started with Spectrum Space as a volunteer and now runs social groups. Sandhya has finished her Masters in Counselling and is a registered counsellor. Since then she started running the Street Smart Life Smart workshop with the aim of creating a safe space to allow participants to address personal and social issues without feeling judged. She also works closely with the Youth Advisory Council. Sandhya takes personal pleasure in guiding Spectrum Space participants and monitoring their personal growth.

Scott Sadler

Scott Sadler

IT & Document Control Officer

Scott joined Spectrum Space in July 2013 and manages all IT related matters such as the website, social media, newsletters and membership. He also assists with event management and administration duties.

Scott sits on the board as Webmaster of WAADF (WA Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum) since 2012. After 9 long years with WAADF, Scott is stepping down from his role, though he is continuing to support WAADF until a replacement can be found.

Scott grew up with autism and previously worked almost 10 years in a library. He has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and enjoys snooker, reading, movies and supports the West Coast Eagles.

In 2017 Scott was a semi-finalist for the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards in the Community Service and Volunteering Award category.

Valeska Berg

Valeska Berg

Operations & Research Manager

Valeska is a PhD candidate in Psychology who has been working for Spectrum Space since 2017. After working as an assistant during the Telethon Holiday Makers Program, Valeska started running our SIS and YES social groups in Marangaroo. She has presented at our annual Symposium, led the development of the Awesome Productions Company and is passionate about mental health support and research.